May 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About GGU


Golden Gate University was officially established in 1901 as a place where working adults could improve and acquire skills to advance their careers. GGU grew out of the night school of the San Francisco YMCA and, for much of its history, has been the only choice in San Francisco for working people to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree while shouldering career and family responsibilities. A nonprofit, independent university, Golden Gate serves working adults who want a good education, empowering them to have a successful career and improved quality of life. Our students are poised to achieve their aspirational goals; and through relevant, effective learning, we help them reach their full potential.


Golden Gate University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; 510-748-9001.

The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60611; 312-988-6743; the State Bar of California, 180 Howard St., San Francisco CA 94105; 415-538-2000; and the Association of American Law Schools, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-2605; 202-296-8851.


Contemporary programs, new technology, and academic innovations coupled with experiential and classroom learning taught by working professionals are designed to make the Golden Gate experience especially relevant. We are recognized for our practical and professionally-focused approach to education; coursework is often based on the real challenges facing our society. Program and course formats are designed to maximize learning outcomes.


Classes are taught by an experienced group of full-time faculty as well as a large number of adjunct professors who currently work in the fields they teach, bringing on-the-job insight directly to class for students to debate and discuss. Outside of class, most of our professors work as CEOs, directors, vice presidents, entrepreneurs, consultants, partners, and managers at companies of all sizes. GGU faculty, deans and directors have professional experience in their fields as well as a strong academic orientation. We use the case-study method of instruction to teach students how to put theory into practice.


Classes meet throughout the year in 15-week and 7.5-week lengths. See the Academic Calendar for term dates and deadlines. See the Course Schedule for specific offerings. All of our programs are available in-person at our San Francisco campus and most are available online. Select programs are offered at our Silicon Valley and Seattle campuses. Degree programs can be completed in an intensive cohort or at one’s own pace.

Class Size

Most classes are kept small so students can receive personalized attention from their professors. Students are recognized as individuals and are encouraged to bring their valuable perspectives to classroom discussions. Professors work closely with students to help them develop their potential and meet their individual goals.

Student Demographics

More than 3,300 students attended Golden Gate during the 2019-2020 academic year, of which 25 percent were in undergraduate programs, 57 percent were in graduate business programs, and 18 percent were in law school programs. There were 267 international students from 47 countries enrolled at GGU.

Mission Statement

Golden Gate University prepares individuals to lead and serve by providing high-quality, practice-based educational programs in law, taxation, business and related professions - as a nonprofit institution - in an innovative and challenging learning environment that embraces professional ethics and diversity.


San Francisco

536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
415-442-7800 • fax: 415-442-7807

eLearning (Online)

536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
415-369-5250 • fax: 415-227-4502

See eLearning  for a description of GGU’s online learning platform and student participation expectations.


El Estero Park Center
777 Pearl Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Silicon Valley

3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054
408-573-7300 • fax: 415-442-6579


Seattle Hebrew Academy
1617 Interlaken Drive East
Seattle, WA 98112

State Authorizations

Washington State

Golden Gate University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Golden Gate University to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has authority to investigate student complaints against specific schools. WSAC may not be able to investigate every student complaint. Visit for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.

States other than California and Washington

Golden Gate University is formally authorized to provide online education to those living in the following states: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wyoming. 

The university is not allowed to offer online education to students living in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island or Wisconsin.

The university can offer online education to students living in all other states without receiving formal authorization.

Liability Disclaimer

Golden Gate University assumes no liability, and hereby expressly negates the same, for failure to provide or delay in providing educational or related services or facilities, or for any other failure or delay in performance arising out of or due to causes beyond the reasonable control of the university, which causes include, without limitation, power failure, fire, strikes by university employees or others, damage by the elements, and acts of public authorities. The university will, however, exert reasonable efforts, when in its judgment it is appropriate to do so, to provide comparable or substantially equivalent services, facilities or performance; but its inability or failure to do so shall not subject it to liability.

The University reserves the right to change regulations, curricula, courses, course locations, tuition and fees, or any other aspect of its programs described in this catalog.